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    Unopened Kodachrome - Expired 1942 - WHOA

    Yesterday at ye' old local antique mall, I found a box of Kodachrome Type A film, completely unopened with an expiration date of 1942! Literally, the box is still sealed shut. It's 828 film designed for the Kodak Bantam.

    So, how rare a find is this? Is any one interested in it? Since it's 828 I assume you could roll it into a 35mm cartridge. Then again, I doubt if shooting and processing (if Dwayne's would even do it) would be worth it. I don't know what to do with it, but ideas would be appreciated it.

    Can't wait to hear your responses.

    P.S. Also I got an old Agfa tin, with no film, but it's a cool old canister. I believe it's 35mm, but for bulk loading. It too expired in 1942, and on the tin has a warning about flammability, as it's a nitrate film! It's Ultra-Speed Panchromatic film. And by ultra-speed they mean 64 I think. There's some hand written numbers on it, one for a Weston number of 100 and then 64, which doesn't actually add up, as I understand it. Whatever, it's a neat old piece of history.

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    Nice find! Not sure how rare it is. I have a box of 4x5 Kodachrome sheet film with a 1949 expiration date, which I paid $5 for when a local camera store closed at the end of 2008. Even if there was a possibility of using a seventy-year-old film and getting something, I don't believe your film could be processed, as it's not even the same process as the current K-14 Kodachrome process.

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    The first Kodachrome films had been processed together with the second generation fims in the second generation process.
    I expect the wrong-processing in the 4th process of today the lesser problem.

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    I thought my double 8mm roll of Kodachrome II that expired in November 1969 was a nice find. I'd say those '40s rolls are more interesting. I have no plan to shoot mine. I don't even plan on opening the box. You mention the flammability of nitrate film. Mine says safety film. Does that mean non-flammable, non-nitrate film?

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    Safety-Film means Non-Nitrate film.

    (and by this: lesser flamable...)
    Last edited by AgX; 02-12-2010 at 12:47 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Really?! I always wondered what safety-film meant. That makes sense I guess. You know, the bikes we take for common today were once known as safety bikes, compared to the giant front wheeled 'penny-farthings' of the day.

    Very cool, yeah I suspect shooting the film would be blasphemous, and pointless. Best to take a picture of it and put it on flickr for all to see.

    cheers!

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    Background gamma radiation will have fogged it completely (decades ago). It's worth more as ephemera, unopened.

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    Great Find! I'd love to stuble upon this!!!
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    Ektagraphic Great Find! I'd love to stuble upon this!!!
    Me too, I do have a sealed box of Ansco Color 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 sheet marked develop before Apr. 1950
    Real men use Speed Graphics and flashbulbs.

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    I'm thinking I should keep one of my current boxes of Kodachrome for future displaying of the two boxes, over 60 years apart.

    The amazing part is, I found this film at the antique store the same day my processed Kodachrome came back from Dwayne's. Crazy!

    The Kodachrome gods are with us....

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